By Eng’r. Rodel Mangulabnan – UNHS Solutions Architect (ID # 8888)
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I've been playing golf for quite some time and had the opportunity to play with and against a lot of golfers from all over the country and some parts of the world. And by this, golf has struck me more as a passion than a profession. And I want nothing more than to be part of the innovation of the sport in the Philippines. Just to give back all the wonders that the game
embedded in me.
The birth of UNHS and its technology
In early 2013, and after several years of negotiations, the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP), represented by Mr. Jun Arceo and the Federation of Golf Clubs Phils, Inc. (FedGolf) with Iggy Clavecilla, have finally agreed to one common handicapping system for the country. I was lucky to be given the task to implement a nationwide handicapping system connecting all courses. A cloud based technology must be implemented to deploy a USGA compliant platform in a very limited time. And on March 1, 2013, the Unified National Handicapping System (UNHS) was launched. It has been running since then, boasting a 99.999% uptime. It is running on dedicated Zeon machines co-located in a Tier 4 data center in Dallas, Texas with two fail over redundancy in our office in Ohio, USA and another one at Greenhills.
Garbage in, Garbage out! (GIGO!)
Computers, since they operate by logical processes, will unquestioningly process any input data ("garbage in") and produce the output respectively ("garbage out").
UNHS encoders will input the numbers as they see on the score cards, they have a very limited way to verify whether the scores were accurate.
Protect the integrity of your club
The UNHS Handicap Index is recognized by USGA and is a mark accepted by golfers across the country and abroad that tells of the player’s ability.
As was described in a USGA handicap article, think of the index as a letter of introduction — in essence, your club is vouching for its member’s playing ability. You and fellow club members know this because it has a reasonable and regular opportunity to play with one another.
So remember, the next time you are out enjoying a round of golf, participate in peer review.
Protect the integrity of your club, it's your responsibility!
Peer Review is defined by the USGA Handicap as, "the ability of golfers to gain an understanding of a player's potential ability and form a reasonable basis for supporting or disputing a score that has been posted." This means, being a golf club member, we have the responsibility to oversee each other and to make sure we submit scores accurately every time we play. Even though it is just a casual round of golf. It makes every club member as the handicap committee and an overseer of his fellow. Every member can have the power to notify the governing body that someone has a lower handicap which can promote integrity and honesty for the game. This is what makes it so effective because only a golfer knows his fellow golfer
Below is a link to an online form for your convenience to report any player which in your opinion is not carrying his/her true handicap index.
UNHS will not intervene but will forward your concern to his/her home club. It’s the home club’s discretion whether to act or not. It’s their integrity anyway.
Click here to go to the Peer Review Online Form